Mary has released three albums of original music: On the Wind and the Sea, Who Will Take the Throne? and Weave winner of the Best Provincial Folk CD at the Toronto Exclusive Music Awards.
Mary’s musical & vocal sensitivity makes her a true master of her instrument with a full Operatic voice or lively musical theatre sound; Sultry Jazz to haunting Celtic or plain chant to indian bhajans Mary weaves effortlessly between styles imbuing each with a vocal quality necessary for the authenticity of that style.
Teacher of Singing
For the last 15 years Mary has lived in Lunenburg Nova Scotia teaching singing in classical, musical theatre, folk and other styles; Mary considered a voice technician more than a vocal coach.
Mary discovered her talent and love for composing later in life and has since composed several well reviewed larger works and is currently working on a new musical entitled ‘Sing’, a song cycle, and another one act opera.
Mary grew up in a seafaring town. Her father was a story teller and native of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, her mother was a musician and singer. A native of PEI she introduced her children to celtic and folk music. Mary acquired a BA in Music majoring in Voice from Acadia University under the tutelage of Jim Sugg and continued her studies in NYC for two years. In Toronto she began hew own celtic band. WIth 3 albums and an impressive resume of live performances in everything from Folk to Classical to CBC productions Mary continues to hone her musical skills.
Marys composition skills began as a collaborative composer in the 80's. In 2011 her first Opera on Morgan La Fay was presented by Maritime Concert Opera and received a rave review in Opera Canada Magazine. Her smaller opera/Musical Drama Miryam was presented in 2013. Miryam is the story of the nativity told from the point of view of Mary and the Midwives. It is written for voices and string quartet. Her newest composition (2014) “The Seafarers' Requiem” is a tribute to those lost at sea and those left behind. It received national coverage on CBC and Symphony Nova Scotia is interested in it for their 2016 season. Her art songs and trios as well choral works are being performed across Canada. She is currently working on a new Opera based on Sheldon Currie's novel and the movie Margaret's Museum.
For the last 14 years Mary has lived in Lunenburg Nova Scotia teaching voice, musical theatre, folk and continues to write and arrange music. She formed a popular small harmony group called Hodgepodge to give young students confidence in harmonies and performing. Her vocal students have performed in the Provincials in Musical Theatre and voice for 8 years, winning Musical Theatre Provincials in 2006 and 2014. Past students include Emma Cook (emmacookmusic.com) and Jennah Barry (myspace.com/jennahwinfredbarry).
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